Alexander E. Curtis

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Reliable methods for measuring the thoracic aorta are critical for determining treatment strategies in aneurysmal disease. Z-scores are a pragmatic alternative to raw diameter sizes commonly used in adult medicine. They are particularly valuable in the pediatric population, who undergo rapid changes in physical development. The advantage of the Z-score is(More)
The atrioventricular node (AVN) of the cardiac conduction system coordinates atrial-ventricular excitation and can act as a subsidiary pacemaker. Recent evidence suggests that an inward background sodium current, IB,Na, carried by nonselective cation channels (NSCCs), contributes to AVN cell pacemaking. The study of the physiological contribution of IB,Na(More)
Thoracic aortic aneurysms are common and are associated with a high morbidity and mortality. Despite this lethal diagnosis, there is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that the diagnosis of an aneurysm, specifically in the ascending thoracic aorta, may significantly reduce the risk of developing systemic atherosclerosis. Clinical observations in the(More)
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